“This teaching is not a body of abstract truths. It is the communication of the living mystery of God.”
-Pope John Paul II
As Christians, we never stop growing. Catholic truth is an eternal font of beauty and love. At Saint Mary, we are committed to exploring this beauty and love more and more as we journey together as disciples of the Lord. After she had given birth to Jesus, our Lady “kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Like the Blessed Mother, we too ponder the great mystery of God’s love all our lives!
As you discover the opportunities for spiritual growth at Saint Mary, remember that to learn Christ is to love him. And when you love Jesus, you begin to share in the very life of God!
God bless you on your journey of faith!
Sunday Morning Opportunities
In addition to the open forum that Father Perkins leads each Sunday morning during our Christian education hour in the Parish Hall, we are also offering a opportunity for our adult members to deepen their understanding of Holy Scripture. Dr. James Patrick is teaching a class on one of the lessons from the Lectionary each Sunday, beginning at 9:15 a.m., in the Pastor's Study. All are encouraged to take advantage of one or the other of these opportunities for growth in the faith.
The Walsingham Society at SMV
This fall The Walsingham Society will be offering two courses here at St. Mary the Virgin:
- "Aesthetics, the Study of Beauty in Art and Nature" will meet Tuesdays beginning September 15, from 7:45 - 9:15 pm in the Parish Hall. Tuition is $300, but scholarships are avialable. The class will use the Hofstader and Kuhns Philosophies of Art & Beauty: Selected Readings in Aesthetics from Plato to Heidegger. For more information contact the instructor, Dr. Ron Ledek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- "The History & Theology of Worship and the Liturgy" will meet Thursday evenings beginning September 17, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. There is no cost for this 8-week course. Readings will include Pope Benedict's Spirit of the Liturgy, Romano Guardini's classic of the same title, and Evangelical is Not Enough: Worship of God in Liturgy and Sacrament by Thomas Howard. For more information contact the instructor, Thomas Beyer (Thomas.email@example.com).